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Marty Lader

Marty Lader  (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, Jan. 29, 1936.)  During his 33-year career at U.P.I. (1960-93), Martin Lader became a leading wire service authority on tennis, regularly covering the U.S. Open and other major events.  Lader began at what was then United Press in 1956 as an agate clerk.  (The organization became U.P.I. in 1958 when […]

Billy Talbert

Billy Talbert (Tennis.  Born, Cincinnati, OH, Sept. 4, 1918; died, New York, NY, Feb. 28, 1999.)  William F. Talbert was a man of many parts. A tireless campaigner for a diabetes cure, a former U.S. Davis Cup captain, one of the leading doubles players in American tennis history, twice a national singles finalist and the […]

Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones (Golf.  Born, Atlanta, GA, Mar. 17, 1902; died, Atlanta, GA, Dec. 18, 1971.)  Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., was the golf equivalent of Babe Ruth, Bill Tilden and Jack Dempsey during America’s “Golden Age of Sports” in the 1920s and 1930s.  Bobby Jones was also the first man ever to win golf s “Grand […]

Murray Janoff

Murray Janoff (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Apr. 26, 1915.)  A member of the sports staff of the Long Island Press for 41 years (1936-77), Murray M. Janoff covered tennis, harness racing, pro football, college and pro basketball, baseball, and track and field.  Janoff also covered the U.S. tennis championships (now known as the U.S. […]

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus (Golf.  Born, Columbus, OH, Jan. 21, 1940.)  Winner of more major tournaments than any other golfer in history, “the Golden Bear” captured 20 major titles, with two of his most dramatic victories coming in U.S. Opens at Baltusrol in Springfield, N.J., in 1967 and 1980.  Jack William Nicklaus also won the Open in […]

Mark Herrmann

Mark Herrmann (Sportswriter.  Born, Port Jefferson, NY, Dec. 13, 1955.)  A special events writer and occasional columnist for Newsday sports since 2000, Mark Paul Herrmann is also the leading golf writer for the paper.  Herrmann covered his first U.S. Open in 1986 (at Shinnecock Hills) and, by 2005, had covered seven Opens, four British Opens, […]

Frank Hammond

Frank Hammond (Tennis.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 16, 1929; died, Staten Island, NY, Nov. 23, 1995.)  Considered the first full-time tennis chair umpire during the 1980s, Frank M. Hammond had his most famous moment in 1979 when he was removed from the chair during a U.S. Open match.  On Aug. 30, third-seeded (and eventual […]

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl (Tennis. Born, Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, Mar. 7, 1960.) A powerful, well-conditioned baseliner, Ivan Lendl never captured tennis fans’ imaginations’ the way many of his contemporaries, including John McEnroe, did, but his record ranks among the greatest in the sport’s history. Lendl, who was dogged early in his career by accusations of tanking matches, reached the […]

John McEnroe

John McEnroe (Tennis. Born, Wiesbaden, West Germany, Feb. 16, 1959.) John Patrick McEnroe, Jr., was often considered a tennis artist, using a deft touch and the possibilities afforded by the game’s geometry to craft court brilliance. And, like many artists, he was boorish, vulgar, and impatient with societal norms, his transgressions sometimes – though not […]

Rod Laver

Rod Laver (Tennis. Born, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, Aug. 9, 1938.) Rodney George Laver, ironically, was born in the year that America’s Don Budge became the first player ever to win the tennis “Grand Slam.” The irony, of course, is that years later, Laver became the second man to win the Grand Slam and, subsequently, the […]

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